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Parents, monitor your kids’ online use, especially during the summer months

Posted: June 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.




This is directed to the parents who are not monitoring their children’s time on line.


I am a counselor at a local junior high school. Fortunately, I would say the majority of parents do monitor their children’s time on sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and other social networking sites.


Other parents are completely unaware of where their children are online and what they are saying online.


Cyberbulling has become a major problem across the country, and it shows its ugly face in our valley as well.


Kids think they are anonymous and faceless, and they will say anything and post anything thinking there are no consequences for what they write down.


What they also don’t seem to understand is that anyone and everyone can have access to what they write. There is a reason it is called the World Wide Web.


Parents, all I am asking is that you pay attention to the places your son or daughter goes online.


The best thing for them is to turn off their computers and have more face-to-face conversations with your children and pay attention to where they are going.


If you don’t think you can trust your child to have a computer on while you are at work, take the keyboard to work with you.


They don’t need to have the top-of-the-line smartphones — you can get them phones that allow only calls and limit texting to you.


If you want to get them smartphones, get ones with limited usage.


Parents, stay on top of technology; you can bet your kids are way ahead of all the adults when it comes to cyberland.







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